In which John Green flies in a helicopter with Bill Gates in Ethiopia, investigates a new form of cursing, and discusses agricultural reform--specifically, how the UN's World Food Program is trying to improve maize yields in Ethiopia. If you can break the vicious cycle of low incomes leading to low harvests, agricultural productivity per hectare (NOT HECTACRE) can increase dramatically, as we've seen in China and Brazil. It seems boring, I know, but this is a big reason hundreds of millions of people have emerged from poverty in the past 30 years. So hopefully it will happen in Ethiopia! But, as usual, the truth resists simplicity.

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The Gates Foundation: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/
The United Nations World Food Programme: http://www.wfp.org/

(Why all those extra letters in Programme, United Nations? AMERICA CAN SPELL PROGRAM IN JUST SEVEN LETTERS. WE'RE NUMBER ONE. WE'RE NUMBER ONE. No one reads to the end of the description so I can just ramble on down here and say whatever I want.)

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Who's got time for a description! Here are the links!
http://LLAMAJOHN.COM - Help out for John's birthday (and help developing economies).

DFTBA Back to School Sale - http://dftba.com/artist/30/Vlogbrothers

Frankenstein MD (first three episodes): http://pbly.co/FMDep1

Season Finale of Emma Approved: https://www.youtube.com/user/PemberleyDigital

20% OFF (almost) ALL POSTERS - http://dftba.com/category/19/Posters

Kidney Video Contest - http://www.dannyweinkauf.com/#!kid-vid-contest/c1f3p

Nerdfighter Online Video Workshop! - http://edwardspoonhands.com/post/95479820530/the-nerdfighter-online-video-workshop

SciShow: http://www.youtube.com/scishow

SciShow Space: http://www.youtube.com/scishowspace

Crash Course: http://www.youtube.com/crashcourse

Donate to the ALSA! I did! http://www.alsa.org/donate/

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In which John Green visits rural health care centers in Ethiopia with Bill Gates and Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman and learns about how Ethiopians are working to improve health outcomes with minimal resources.

The Gates Foundation: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/
The Last 10K Project, which works to improve health care in rural Ethiopia: http://l10k.jsi.com/

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The Bizarre State of Copyright

by on August 15, 2014

In which Hank discusses what intellectual property is, and how copyright is increasingly being policed by dumb robots that don't have very much to do with the law, but have everything to do with it just being REALLY COMPLICATED and there being terrifyingly massive amounts of media to regulate.

What to do about copyright claims: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM9Z9us-urI

What is (and is not) Fair Use: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/what-is-fair-use/

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EBOLA! (…meningitis)

by on August 12, 2014

In which John is diagnosed with ebola by the Internet but turns out to be suffering from viral meningitis. How should we imagine novel diseases and how should we combat them? And why do we only focus on diseases that we fear will affect "us"? How does the way we imagine "us" shape the way we respond to disease outbreaks? Questions like that are examined while meningitis headaches are lamented.

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Due to brain fog, I didn't explain any of the copyright stuff particularly well, but (in summation) a photographer is suing the Wikimedia Foundation (the people who create Wikipedia) for acting as if a photograph is in the public domain when he believes it is not. The only way to determine who is correct is to have a judge decide...that's how copyright law works, which is really weird.

I mean, the question also becomes, if I drop my camera and it takes a really great shot...do I own that picture or not, just because the force of gravity took it.

Also, I'm curious whether the work of a non-human owned by a human (like a dog) would pass to that human. Just like something created by a piece of computer software would be owned by the person who owns the software. It doesn't change this case because no one owns that monkey.

ANYHOW! Feel better John, and let's hope Calvin Harris doesn't sue us :-)

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Due to brain fog, I didn't explain any of the copyright stuff particularly well, but (in summation) a photographer is suing the Wikimedia Foundation (the people who create Wikipedia) for acting as if a photograph is in the public domain when he believes it is not. The only way to determine who is correct is to have a judge decide...that's how copyright law works, which is really weird.

I mean, the question also becomes, if I drop my camera and it takes a really great shot...do I own that picture or not, just because the force of gravity took it.

Also, I'm curious whether the work of a non-human owned by a human (like a dog) would pass to that human. Just like something created by a piece of computer software would be owned by the person who owns the software. It doesn't change this case because no one owns that monkey.

ANYHOW! Feel better John, and let's hope Calvin Harris doesn't sue us :-)

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Happy Esther Day!

by on August 3, 2014

Today is the day to tell someone you love them...even if it's hard...especially if it's hard.

You can support This Star Won't Go Out, the charity created by Esther's family in her memory, at http://www.tswgo.org or by buying TSWGO stuff: http://dftba.com/artist/58/This-Star-... (All proceeds to go to the foundation.)

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In which Hank is Punished by sharing the science of pain while he experiences various forms of pain.

If you're wondering, the most painful thing I did, oddly enough, was the brain freeze. I think I pushed it past the place where you would normally get a brain freeze by a couple of slurpee sips and that caused a really significant ouch.

Second most painful was the funny bone....then the muscle stress.

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In which John discusses his visit to the Yekatit 12 hospital's NICU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the extraordinary neonatologist there, Dr. Mulualem Gessesse, who has saved the lives of thousands of children.

Kangaroo Mother Care is made possible at Yekatit 12 in part by Save the Children: http://savethechildren.org

The Gates Foundation, which does so much important work around the world including Ethiopia: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

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